Last year, we reported on IKEA’s plans to open an online store in Australia. It has now been confirmed that testing will begin this year. Very soon you’ll no longer have to navigate labyrinthine mazes while contemplating the pointlessness and futility of your life. Hurrah!
IKEA will start testing an online retail store in Australia by the end of 2016. Initially, the service will be offered in select cities where customers will be allowed to collect purchased goods from a range of pickup points and depots.
The online store will be bolstered by the construction of a cutting-edge distribution and logistics centre in Marsden Park, Sydney; complete with robotic pallet storage. The launch is expected to boost IKEA’s sales to over $1 billion this financial year.
It’s not yet clear whether IKEA will offer delivery once its e-store officially opens or stick with a click-and-collect model. Either way, it will certainly beat spending half your Sunday travelling and walking around in one of their flagship stores.
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